Lowell leaves game with injury

March, 26, 2010
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FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Mike Lowell has left today's exhibition game against the Toronto Blue Jays in the first inning after fouling a pitch off his left leg. The club later announced the injury as a left knee contusion.

Lowell appeared to be in significant pain as he remained on the ground after the 1-1 pitch, and was later helped back to the dugout by manager Terry Francona and trainer Mike Reinold. It looked like he had fouled the ball off the inside of his left knee. Lowell had trouble putting pressure on the left leg on his way back to the dugout.

Lowell, whose standing with the Red Sox has been one of the top storylines of camp, was batting third today and playing third base.

Even before Lowell’s injury, a source told ESPNBoston.com's Gordon Edes that a trade market was not developing for the third baseman.

There were no scouts at today’s game from Marlins and Rangers, teams that earlier had shown interest. There were, however, scouts present from the Dodgers, Indians, Phillies, Blue Jays, Reds, Yankees and Nationals.

A trip to the disabled list now looks like a strong possibility for Lowell, as he entered the day with just 10 at-bats.

Mike Reiss

ESPN New England Patriots reporter

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